Walking Paper

A library design consultancy and blog by Aaron Schmidt

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28 Jul 14

Our New Book: Useful, Usable, Desirable

By designing your library with the user experience in mind, you have the potential to deepen the connection your library has with its community, and make your library a place that people love to use. Amanda Etches and I wrote a book to help you do just that. The book is a practical guide to …

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7 May 14

For Sale: Library Logo/Barcode iPhone Cases

Put your library’s logo and patron barcodes on iPhone 5/s cases. Great summer reading prize giveaways and Friends’ fundraising items. More info on Influx’s site Random background info This idea is a response to the type of library-chic fetishization that Jessamyn wrote about so well here. Don’t get me wrong, I like geeky library pride …

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4 Nov 13

Decision Notebooks For Sale

Here’s another notebook for jotting down all of your great library improving ideas! They measure 3.5″x5″ and contain 32 pages of dotted grid pages. Optimized for brainstorming, they fit in your pocket so you can have one you wherever you go. I think it is best one yet! $3 each $8 for 3 $25 for …

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30 Sep 13

Influx Library User Experience Newsletter

Sign up now and get in on the ground floor! Newsletter 001 is about to make its way into inboxes, and there’s a little reward for everyone signed up before it is sent. What to expect from this newsletter We will send you UX related links that we find interesting. Maybe a little bit of …

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23 Apr 13

The Usable Library

Have you seen The Usable Library? I gave it a refresh last week. All sorts of straight talk about library usability, and a redesigned postcard that you can print and hang up!

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23 Apr 13

I Was Interviewed

Karen Lauritsen is a rad librarian at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Check out her TedxUCLA talk called Libraries Can Be Loud. Last month we had a little conversation and she posted it to her site Maths and Arts. If you like read this site you might like the post: An interview with Aaron Schmidt …

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12 Mar 13

Introducing Prefab: the Library Website Service

I’m super excited to announce a new project from Influx: Prefab: the library website service. Prefab is a ready to launch website designed for libraries. We’ve designed an amazing library website so you can concentrate on developing awesome content. How it works Sign up, fill in your content, launch. All in the same day, if …

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22 Oct 12

Please Take This Summer Reading Program Survey

I’m working with PLA on a project exploring the future of summer reading programs. As part of our research we created a summer reading programs survey. Getting a lot of responses will help make the project a success so if you’re not the expert about your library’s summer reading program I hope you’ll pass on …

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